Garage Badly Damaged in Chicago
The Drexel Square Garage, situated on the south side of Chicago, Ill., a building 50×100 feet, of one story, and constructed of brick, caught fire recently in the rear from undetermined origin. When the department arrived in response to a telephone alarm at 4.17 A. M., fire was coming out through the roof. There were fifteen men at the fire, and the apparatus consisted of three Ahrens-Fox and one Seagrave pumpers, two Metropolitan steamers, one aerial, two city service trucks, and one squad wagon. There were four 6-inch double hydrants, spaced 300 feet apart, with a pressure of 30 pounds. Ten engine streams were thrown with nozzles of 1 1/4 inch, the water main being 12 inches. There were 3,700 feet of hose laid. It is said that the watchman was seen at the building at midnight, but could not be located after the fire. It is alleged that the owner of the building had been having trouble, his store having been blown up and his house set on fire. The loss, according to the report —for which we are indebted to James Crapot; Jr., chief of the fourth battalion—was $8,000 on a $30,000 building and $75,000 on contents, valued at $200,000.